Written by admin on Jul 5th, 2013 in Past Projects

Saving a Building/Building a Community: A forum on the strengthening of our community through historic preservation, cultural tourism and economic development

saving a buildingThe Reher Center received a big boost in the fall of 2010 when it was awarded a $9,000 Preserve New York Grant from the Preservation League of New York and the New York State Council on the Arts to help fund a Historic Structures Report (HSR).  The Committee held an event at the Arts Society of Kingston (ASK) on January 10th to receive the $9,000 check from Erin Tobin, Co-Director of Technical and Grant Programs for Eastern New York for the Preservation League. The event was used as a forum to present to the public for the first time the core concept of the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History and the case for value of the project for the community.  It also marked the first time that the building was opened to the public for tours on a limited basis.

The event was hugely successful.  Close to 50 people attended with 14 community leaders speaking in support of the project.


Speakers from Ulster County government included County Executive Mike Hein, County Clerk  Nina Postupack and Deputy Director of the Ulster County Planning Board Jennifer Schwartz-Berky.  Representatives fromCity of  Kingston government included Mayor James Sottile, Ward 9 Alderman Hayes Clement, Director of Economic Development Stephen Finkle and Kate Cook from the Office of Tourism.  Community members who spoke on behalf of the projected were Ulster County Historian Anne Gordon, City of Kingston Historian Edwin Ford, President of the Board of Friends of Historic Kingston Patricia Murphy, Professor Emeritus from SUNY New Platz and author of Ulster County, New York: The Architectural History and Guide William Rhoads, and the contractor responsible for the restoration of the storefront, Ted Musialkiewicz.  Also present and prepared to speak were Ward Todd, President and CEO of Ulster County Chamber of Commerce, and Kevin O’Connor, Executive Director of the Rural Ulster Preservation Company.  Both, unfortunately, had prior commitments and had to leave before their turns came at the podium.

Committee members Geoffrey Miller, Randolph Myerson and Lewis Kirschner, and project architect Marilyn Kaplan spoke on different aspects of the project.